Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Kentucky Systematically Dismantles No. 5 Kansas in Champions Classic

(1) Kentucky 72
(5) Kansas 40

Final from Indianapolis, Indiana

Top-ranked Kentucky systematically destroyed No. 5 Kansas last night on the way to a convincing 72-40 win in Indianapolis.

Kentucky (3-0) methodically rolled to a 10-point halftime lead before exploding in the second half.

"We kind of bum-rushed them a little bit and every time they looked there were more tanks coming over the hill," John Calipari said after the game. "It wasn't substitutes, it was reinforcements. It kind of gets to you a little bit. "

Kansas head man Bill Self wasn't as positive.

"I was hoping that was vodka," Self said after taking a drink of bottled water during his postgame press conference.

Dakari Johnson led Kentucky in scoring with 11 points. Andrew Harrison chipped in 10. Willie Cauley-Stein contributed 7 points and 10 rebounds.

Wayne Selden Jr. led the Jayhawks (1-1) with 9 points. Cliff Alexander finished with 9.

Kansas finished with its lowest point total in 25 years.

The Wildcats return to Lexington to host Boston University Friday night at 7:00 p.m.

Game Notes:

• Kentucky is 3-0 and Kansas is 1-1.
• Kentucky leads the all-time series 22-6 and has won three in a row vs. the Jayhawks.
• 40 points is the fewest points Kansas has scored vs. UK since the first game played between the teams, a 68-39 Kentucky win on Dec. 16, 1950.
• Kentucky has won 21 of the last 23 games as The Associated Press top-ranked team.
• Coach John Calipari has led three teams to a No. 1 ranking (Massachusetts, Memphis, Kentucky) and has a 65-9 record as the top-ranked coach, including 24-4 at UK.
• Kentucky returns to action Friday at home against Boston. Game time is 7 p.m. and it will be televised by the Fox Sports Network.

Team Notes

• Kentucky limited Kansas to 19.6 percent from the field.
• UK has held all three opponents this season under 35 percent.
• UK held Kansas to 12 points in the second half after limiting Buffalo to 14 in the second stanza on Sunday.
• Ten Wildcats scored in the first half and 11 Cats tallied in the second half.
• UK won points in the paint 30-12 and bench points 34-12.
• UK had a season-high 11 blocked shots, including four each by Marcus Lee and Karl-Anthony Towns.
• No Wildcat played more than 21 minutes.
• Kentucky is now 41-0 under Coach Calipari when holding the opponent to 55 or fewer points.
• Kansas had its largest margin of defeat (32 points), lowest field goal percentage (19.6), fewest field goals made (11) and fewest points scored (40) under Coach Bill Self.

Player Notes

• Dakari Johnson (11 points) and Andrew Harrison (10) were the only players scoring in double figures. Harrison added a game-high four assists.
• Willie Cauley-Stein claimed a game-high 10 rebounds, his second straight games in double figures.

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